Maxed Out & advice for creatives @ SXSW 2014

by Katrina on March 13, 2014

I haven’t had time to do much writing lately, but I am doing a whole lot of TALKING…

Below is the presentation I gave at the South by SouthWest conference (SXSW) this morning. I share my “maxed out” story, and then focused the talk on specific things high-tech and creative professionals can do to make their workload a bit more manageable. The advice can be boiled down to this:

  1. Work from home
  2. Work out
  3. Work less

Maybe it will be a good reminder for you, too.

Funny story: My former boss (“Stella” in the book) is also attending the conference. We had lunch after my talk. She’s been amazingly supportive about the fact that I write about those years I worked for her. If I ever end up a character in someone else’s memoir, I just hope I can manage to be half as classy about it as she’s been.

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Is your book club reading Maxed Out? Check out this book discussion guide, which can be used for workplace book clubs as well as regular ol’ livingroom book clubs.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }


So proud of you, chica. I’ve heard your book mentioned by various folks — so glad you are speaking at SXSW.

Also, I had wondered what your former boss “Stella” thought. Glad you posted her reaction here!



I am not a stay at home mom nor am I yet a mother. However, I did see the perils and hair pulling moments moms are faced with at times. Sometimes it becomes so overwhelming that you just want to disappear, but you can’t just leave your child/children. Working mothers have it tough too, having to get off in time to meet the sitter to pickup your kids. Working in general is tough so why not make it a little easier on yourself. Just become self-employed and how might you go about doing that simple. Check this out for more info on how to get started. It will change your life just how its changed mine and many others.


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